Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouseand he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious “black gold.” Before Georgie can catch his breath, he’s in a pile of troubleall the way up to his ears! Take a trip back in time and join Georgie in this heartwarming tale of mischief made and lessons learned in America’s storied past.
USA Best Book Awards : Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction, Finalist
About the Author
Alane Adams is a children’s author, professor, and literacy advocate. She is the author of the Legends of Orkney fantasy mythology series for tweens; she also writes Early American picture books for young children. Adams lives in Southern California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After rescuing Georgie from personal peril (when Georgie helps a friend break the law), his father sternly, but lovingly, uses the event to help him learn compassion and generosity toward others. This young rascal will capture your heart as he learns about taking responsibility for his decisions and true friends. This is an award-winning, touching, story about farm life in the 1920's. The illustrations are captivating and poignant, vividly showing both the reality of their condition and their compassion toward each other.
The Coal Thief By: Alane Adams The Coal Thief is perfect and polished in so many ways and for so many reasons. You will be moved before you even open the cover. The young boy with his big brown eyes and arms full of coal will capture the hearts of young and old. Every illustration brings a part of history to life with the abundance of details. My second-grade students notice something new every time they read it. The Coal Thief is an ideal cross-curricular, multiple grade-level mentor text. • Language development through the rich vocabulary (trotted, scowled, trundled, sagging, shivered, etc.) and descriptive phrases (black gold, swallowed him up, craned his neck, turned tail and run, feeling the shame curl his toes, his heart felt so warm, etc.). • Reading with character voices by using the dialogue between Harley and Georgie, and Papa and Georgie. • Inferring character feelings. • Crafting a lead by describing the setting. • Predicting • Lesson/Moral • Character traits – Georgie and Papa are such well-defined characters. • A history lesson by looking into what life was like in the 1920s when times where tough. Not only is this book wonderful for teaching children about staying true to their values, but also the story shows how Georgie (the boy with the big brown eyes) has parents that guide, model and love unconditionally. A reminder all parents can draw from. Alane Adams and Lauren Gallegos have created a monumental book that is a great addition to any school, classroom, or home library. 5+ stars!!!!!